These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Missouri For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Missouri that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Missouri does this very well. Families love the Show Me State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Missouri that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Missouri for 2018:

  1. Ladue (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Clayton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Sunset Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Glendale (Homes For Sale)
  5. Weldon Spring (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Creve Coeur (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Des Peres (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Wildwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Chesterfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Olivette (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Dexter (the cheapest place to live in Missouri) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Missouri or the cheapest.

1. Ladue

Ladue, Missouri

Population: 8,524
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 341
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
More on Ladue: Homes For Sale | Data
Ladue is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in central St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2013 census, the city had a population of 8,560.

2. Clayton

Clayton, Missouri

Population: 15,740
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 269
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
More on Clayton: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Sunset Hills

Sunset Hills, Missouri

Population: 8,477
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 198
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
More on Sunset Hills: Homes For Sale | Data
Sunset Hills is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,496 at the 2010 census.

4. Glendale


Population: 5,911
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 189
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
More on Glendale: Homes For Sale | Data
Glendale is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,925 at the 2010 census.

5. Weldon Spring

Weldon Spring, Missouri

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Population: 5,473
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 187
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
More on Weldon Spring: Homes For Sale | Data
Weldon Spring is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,443 at the 2010 census. It was the location of the largest World War 2 explosives plant and later a uranium refining faculty.

6. Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur, Missouri

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Population: 17,777
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 182
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
More on Creve Coeur: Homes For Sale | Data
Creve Coeur is a city located in west St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, in Greater St. Louis. The population was 17,833 at the 2010 census. Creve Coeur borders and shares a ZIP code with the neighboring city of Town and Country. It is home to the headquarters of Monsanto and Drury Hotels.

7. Des Peres

Des Peres, Missouri

Population: 8,395
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 173
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
More on Des Peres: Homes For Sale | Data
Des Peres is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,373 at the 2010 census.

8. Wildwood

Wildwood, Missouri

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Population: 35,388
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 171
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
More on Wildwood: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Chesterfield

Chesterfield, Missouri

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Population: 47,471
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 161
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
More on Chesterfield: Homes For Sale | Data
Chesterfield is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, and a Western suburb of St. Louis. As of the 2010 census, the population was 47,484, making it the state’s fourteenth-largest city.

10. Olivette

Olivette, Missouri

Population: 7,734
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 149
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
More on Olivette: Homes For Sale | Data
Olivette is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 7,737 at the 2010 census.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Show Me State For 2018

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Live In Missouri Map
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Missouri to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 120 places in Missouri that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Missouri that have the highest cost of living, with Ladue ranking as the most expensive city in the Show Me State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Missouri:

  1. Dexter
  2. Kennett
  3. Poplar Bluff

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Missouri

Rank City Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Ladue 8,524 97 101 101
2 Clayton 15,740 97 101 101
3 Sunset Hills 8,477 97 101 101
4 Glendale 5,911 97 101 101
5 Weldon Spring 5,473 97 101 101
6 Creve Coeur 17,777 97 101 101
7 Des Peres 8,395 97 101 101
8 Wildwood 35,388 97 101 101
9 Chesterfield 47,471 97 101 101
10 Olivette 7,734 97 101 101
11 Dardenne Prairie 11,341 97 101 101
12 Webster Groves 22,974 97 101 101
13 Ellisville 9,123 97 101 101
14 Richmond Heights 8,640 97 101 101
15 Kirkwood 27,494 97 101 101
16 Ballwin 30,446 97 101 101
17 Eureka 10,122 97 101 101
18 Manchester 18,154 97 101 101
19 O’Fallon 79,073 97 101 101
20 Wentzville 28,879 97 101 101
21 Brentwood 8,022 97 101 101
22 University City 35,397 97 101 101
23 Crestwood 11,901 97 101 101
24 Valley Park 6,938 97 101 101
25 Shrewsbury 6,261 97 101 101
26 Bridgeton 11,756 97 101 101
27 Maryland Heights 27,418 97 101 101
28 Arnold 20,859 97 101 101
29 Washington 13,979 97 101 101
30 Black Jack 6,911 97 101 101
31 Jackson 13,815 97 101 101
32 Troy 10,587 97 101 101
33 Maplewood 8,081 97 101 101
34 Festus 11,559 97 101 101
35 Union 10,220 97 101 101
36 Pacific 6,024 97 101 101
37 Warrenton 7,850 97 101 101
38 Hazelwood 25,678 97 101 101
39 Cape Girardeau 37,982 97 101 101
40 Dellwood 5,028 97 101 101
41 Florissant 52,273 97 101 101
42 Bellefontaine Neighbors 10,863 97 101 101
43 Farmington 16,522 97 101 101
44 Overland 16,063 97 101 101
45 Sullivan 7,830 97 101 101
46 Ferguson 21,205 97 101 101
47 Perryville 8,234 97 101 101
48 Pevely 5,449 97 101 101
49 Berkeley 9,022 97 101 101
50 De Soto 6,440 97 101 101
51 Normandy 5,020 97 101 101
52 Desloge 5,027 97 101 101
53 Jennings 14,741 97 101 101
54 Bonne Terre 6,853 97 101 101
55 Park Hills 8,717 97 101 101
56 Parkville 5,538 103 89 99
57 Maryville 11,924 95 95 102
58 Raymore 19,006 103 89 99
59 Greenwood 5,179 103 89 99
60 Kearney 8,419 103 89 99
61 Columbia 109,008 101 96 99
62 Grain Valley 12,507 103 89 99
63 Smithville 8,411 103 89 99
64 Blue Springs 52,401 103 89 99
65 Liberty 29,252 103 89 99
66 Pleasant Hill 8,046 103 89 99
67 Belton 23,182 103 89 99
68 Jefferson City 42,983 98 96 99
69 Branson 10,463 99 100 94
70 Kansas City 459,772 103 89 99
71 Warrensburg 18,988 103 89 99
72 Gladstone 25,635 103 89 99
73 Oak Grove 7,653 103 89 99
74 Nixa 19,032 99 100 94
75 Harrisonville 10,017 103 89 99
76 Ozark 17,710 99 100 94
77 Rolla 19,484 98 96 99
78 Odessa 5,260 103 89 99
79 Battlefield 5,496 99 100 94
80 Raytown 29,486 103 89 99
81 Independence 116,513 103 89 99
82 Republic 14,637 99 100 94
83 Grandview 24,491 103 89 99
84 Savannah 5,034 103 89 99
85 Willard 5,237 99 100 94
86 Caruthersville 6,169 113 89 91
87 Richmond 5,790 103 89 99
88 Charleston 5,847 113 89 91
89 Cameron 9,935 103 89 99
90 Excelsior Springs 11,244 103 89 99
91 Fulton 12,702 101 96 99
92 Carl Junction 7,339 94 89 90
93 Bolivar 10,331 99 100 94
94 Springfield 160,246 99 100 94
95 Boonville 8,305 101 96 99
96 Clinton 9,167 103 89 99
97 Marshfield 6,644 99 100 94
98 Chillicothe 8,791 103 89 99
99 Sedalia 21,340 101 96 99
100 West Plains 12,020 99 100 94
101 Mexico 11,571 101 96 99
102 Hannibal 17,835 101 96 99
103 Kirksville 17,503 101 96 99
104 Lebanon 14,454 99 100 94
105 Bowling Green 5,301 101 96 99
106 Moberly 13,980 101 96 99
107 Marshall 12,950 101 96 99
108 Macon 5,470 101 96 99
109 Monett 8,893 94 89 90
110 Trenton 6,067 103 89 99
111 Aurora 7,502 99 100 94
112 Joplin 49,924 94 89 90
113 Carthage 14,271 94 89 90
114 Webb City 10,923 94 89 90
115 Neosho 11,906 94 89 90
116 Nevada 8,073 94 89 90
117 Sikeston 16,414 93 92 86
118 Poplar Bluff 17,110 93 92 86
119 Kennett 11,244 93 92 86
120 Dexter 7,846 93 92 86

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